Mallets in hand, 98 players took aim at wickets at Olmsted Medical Center Foundation's Croquet Field Day at the Rochester Country Club.
The event raised more than $43,000 to support women's health initiatives at Olmsted Medical Center.This was the first time the foundation had a croquet tournament as a fundraiser, but it might not be the last.
"We will survey participants ... for input on the event, but if comments on the lawn were any indicator, we will definitely consider hosting another Croquet Field Day," said Stacey Vanden Heuvel, OMC's vice president of marketing and philanthropy.
After three 45-minute rounds of play, Clarence and Patricia Topp of Marshfield, Wis., won the championship round. In the final round, the Topps faced Adam and Mike Benike, also known as The Benike Benchwarmers, and Jack Gross and Julie Domaille, playing as team Lawn Party.
Domaille also won a prize for best hat. Kareem Elkwae won the best-dressed award.
The Mad Hatters team — Amanina Abdul Rashid and Angela Grabau — won best team theme. Ron and Karen Werner were named most likely to improve.